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Don't forget to bring your sketch book - you need it all the time when we're there.
We are leaving CVC at 1.00 on Sunday on the dot! I will arrive at 12.45...
please email me, if you have time/remember, just to confirm that you know about the new time!
We are all ready to go, it's been a long wait.
See you all this Sunday.
WE MEET AT CVC AT 1.45 - 2.00 ON SUNDAY with our appropriately sized bags!
Alison has emailed all the details to you and I will send an additional copy home when I'm in school tomorrow...
It's the belt and braces approach!
... to take me back to the train station. Good thing she did. Lyra had not received her Frap yet from the waiter, and the taxi was already there. I hope you got your Frap Lyra...I also left her the half of my cinnamon roll. Lola Pacita and I also left something a little "something something" so she can enjoy some other stuff while here. I tell you...London is expensive. But so far, I am enjoying my trip abroad.
On the train back to London - I go to the Kings ...
... ask a porter for directions and we ended up chatting with him a little. We asked him how students are assigned to each college. They don't use a sorting hat, instead each student just apply for its three favorites colleges. However, for Trinity they also have to seat an exam in their major and an interview. Only the best of the best get there. Ok back to the library story. They have very old books in there and two are particularly memorable: the first edition of Winnie the Pooh by ...
Wow, just wow!!!! This place is magical. Everywhere you look is intellectual history. We used Milton's Walk today on the way to Christ's College. So many colleges with each their own history. Darwin and Milton were both graduates of Christ's. I could get lost in this place forever and be happy. There are incredible museums everywhere, but I have to do two first. Before that, I'm going to head for the rooms that Darwin had while a ...
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Good Holiday Inn
This is to the north of town, just off a Motorway so obviously designed for folks with cars. On the other hand, the Citi #7 bus stops in the residential area just across the road so folks without cars can also stay and get in and out of town easily.
The rooms are fine: clean and with everything necessary. The check-in was best in class; there was *no* line-up and the staff were efficient and helpful.
If you want breakfast, get it included in your room or plan to go into town to buy it. There is nowhere locally to buy breakfast and to buy it on the spot is outrageously expensive. Admittedly, it is an excellent buffet with everything and anything anyone could possibly want for breakfast, but the walk-in price is still too much.
Do not pay the 15L/day for internet. (1) That's too expensive for any service and (2) it is dial-up speed.
Very good hotel with excellent service
My wife and I stayed for two nights at the end of August. Check-in was very swift, room was spotlessly clean and well presented. We ate in the bar each night, food was pretty good and reasonably priced, unlike the drinks which were very pricey. Service however was excellent, we were offered free drinks because our food was over half an hour in coming. Breakfast was good also and plentiful. There is a nice modern leisure complex, free to guests. Check-out was also very quick and easy. One complaint though, the bedroom doors bang shut and this can be very annoying, especially late at night. All in all though, a very pleasant stay, and recommended.
Clean, modern, spacious and functional.
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Holiday Inn for 3 nights in late May 2006 and we were not disappointed. The hotel is modern, clean and spacious. We had an executive room (not specifically asked for) which was a lovely surprise. Bathroom was spotless with fresh towels every day. The room itself was refreshingly spacious and clean. The bed could have been a bit more comfortable but it is a minor gripe. One other thing to note, there did not appear to be any lifts - this is not a huge issue as the hotel is only 2 storeys high but it is worth knowing nevertheless. Staff were friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again.
Nice place, good location
Very pleasant hotel. Loads of free parking. Nicely situated next to small lake and fields. Really easy to reach next to A4. Didn't find the noise from the road too intrusive at all. Easy to get into Cambridge centre.
Room very clean, decent size and very comfortable bed. Usual Holiday Inn choice of pillows to suit. Very quiet, no noise from other rooms.
Service at dinner was a little slow and quality of meal average but full english buffet style breakfast was good with plenty of choice. Would perhaps recommend eating dinner out as Cambridge has so much choice, but leave early! Cambridge city centre parking is difficult to say the least!
Very pleasant, helpful, friendly staff. Nothing too much trouble.
Nice gym and pool areas.
Would highly recommend it for long or short stays and plan to book again.
I've stayed here four times over the past two years and have found the hotel to have no really significant faults. The rooms are decently sized with comfortable beds and have always been quiet. On one stay there was a problem with the air-conditioning, which the duty manager couldn't fix so he moved us to a room where it was working better (not as well as usual, though). The breakfast is usually OK (on the last stay they seemed to be running low on some items) and the pool is good. Dinner has always been reasonable enough - nothing special, but perfectly edible. Plenty of parking and an easy drive into Cambridge. Proabbly the best option for visiting Cambridge unless you really do have to be in the centre.
Now a Holiday Inn
Stayed at this hotel (now repackaged as a Holiday Inn) and I was not disappointed. The welcome was warm and friendly even at the outrageous time of my arrival. The room was large and comfortable. The bathroom was well appointed and the extras very much appreciated - the chunky kit kat, the bottle of water and the nice assortment of shampoos and soaps. I also liked the bath robe provided but would have preferred it had the hotel given me the belt to go with it thus avoiding the potential of me exposing myself to anyone visiting.
Breakfast was sufficient with a good choice of food and a good selection of cooked items which had not been left out so long that they were inedible - even the fried eggs were quite acceptable.
The staff were attentive and polite. Check out was efficiently managed and, for once, I remembered to hand in my feedback which was extremely positive.
Good value for money - better than most (bad) Cambridge hotels
I have not used the bar or restaurant (except for breakfast, which is OK), but the rooms are adequate and comfortable. Much better than the Crowne Plaza where I don't want to stay anymore. Cambridge doesn't have much to offer in terms of value for money hotels, but the Holiday Inn is probably one of the best if you have transport.
Wall to Wall
Please bear in mind when booking that some of the rooms look on to brick walls.
The food isn't what it was. I remember once upon a time when the chef actually tended a herb garden for the restaurant. It's now generic mush.
Mobiles ring, business men get drunk and smoke and sports fans watch the huge tvs. It's also one of those hotels where the pool seems to encroach the other public areas with humidity and chlorine aromas.
Grim, and not really in Cambridge either!
Good for a business stay
I stay here fairly regularly for business purposes. It's got a convenient and pleasant location, (unless you get a room on the A14 side of the building which can be a bit noisy) and has plentiful free parking, which is a bonus in Cambridge. The rooms are generally spacious and well equipped and have always been very clean and well maintained. Service has always been excellent. The food is however, pretty dire. I've tried restaurant, bar and room service and it has ranged from surprisingly mediocre to utterly gross. I am amazed at how consistently poor it is and how they manage to mess up basic ingredients or even just a reheat of what is obviously a pre-packaged dish. My recommendation - sleep there, but eat elsewhere.
A good choice
This hotel represents a very good value for Cambridge provided that you have a car.
I spent three nights there recently and have stayed previously at two other hotels in Cambridge. This would be my first choice on quality basis and is less expensive than one other I have used.
My room was large, very clean, and well appointed. Bathroom was fine, clean, but but a little inadequately lit. A pleasant place.
Public areas are quite nice but not lavish.
I only had dinner in the restaurant. It was perfectly fine, neither a place to seek out, nor one to avoid.
There is no Internet access, other than dial up, and the room rates for phone use are not Internet-friendly.